Recent history suggests Leeds United needn't fear Chris Wood sale - even if they fail to go up

Leeds United's Chris Wood scores their first goal

Clubs are said to be circling around Leeds United's players.

Leeds United players celebrate after the matchLeeds United players celebrate

If recent reports are to be believed then Leeds United are in danger of becoming victims of their own success if they aren't promoted this season.

A trio of the Whites' most influential stars Kyle Bartley, Pontus Jansson and Chris Wood have been linked with moves away from Elland Road over the past few weeks and months, in addition to their sought-after left-back Charlie Taylor, whose contract expires in June.

But in the case of Wood - scorer of 25 league goals this season - in particular, do Leeds need to be worried? Recent history appears to suggest not, with Premier League clubs growing seemingly cautious when it comes to gambling Championship strikers.

Indeed, none of the second tier's past five leading scorers have been prised away immediately by higher division sides, with former Whites loanee Danny Graham - Watford to Swansea - the last to do so in 2011.

Granted three of those - Rickie Lambert, Glenn Murray and Andre Gray - were promoted anyway, but would either one have made it to the Premier League otherwise? One would suspect only Gray, given his age compared to the other two.

Even regular Championship scorers such as Ross McCormack - who topped the chart while playing for Leeds in 2014 - Jordan Rhodes - 94 second tier goals - and Daryl Murphy - 82 - have found themselves overlooked by top flight clubs, with all three forced to take sideways steps in order to progress.

Leeds United's Ross McCormack celebrates scoring their first goalFormer Leeds United striker Ross McCormack, now of Aston Villa

And given the Whites' improvement this season, it's likely they will be in a strong position this time to resist any of their league rivals' advances - should they arrive.

Of course, not all Premier League clubs have been put off - although the fortunes of Rudy Gestede, Benik Afobe and Connor Wickham, for example, are perhaps further reason for Leeds to feel safe about Wood.

As for Bartley, Jansson and Taylor, however, a less pleasing outcome may be in store.

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